In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC’s current recommendations, Merit School of Music has closed the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center and suspended all in-person activities. Virtual options are now available for summer camps, private lessons, Early Childhood classes, and small group classes. We thank you for your understanding and continued support during this unprecedented situation.

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Facility Rentals

Event, Meeting & Performance Spaces at Merit School of Music

Our versatile West Loop building offers a wide range of space rental options to accommodate performances, rehearsals, receptions, lectures, meetings and other events, as well as small rooms designed for musical rehearsal for small groups or practice for individuals.

Gottlieb Hall provides a stunning setting for all musical & stage performances, lectures, podcast tapings, recordings, auditions – any event where stellar acoustics are important to the success of your event.

Foreman Hall and Polk Bros. Hall are ideal for smaller events (90 – 130), and deliver high sound quality for recitals, rehearsals, lectures, meetings and other events. Smaller meeting rooms and rehearsal and practice space are available to accommodate groups of 1 – 30.

All events held at Merit enjoy the benefit of visibility and signage in the front lobby and the support of Merit, ensuring a welcoming and helpful environment for your guests. Merit is a short distance from downtown suburban commuter stations and CTA trains and buses, making it a convenient destination for anyone in the Chicago metro area.